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Hello, I’m @plasticScript! I recently got into FOSS and internet privacy and am very interested in it. I’ve replaced most of my services with FOSS alternatives. Happy to be here!

Hi everyone! I've been on the Fediverse since March on a instance. That service closed a while ago and I finally got around to making a new account.

Other than that, I'm a high school student with an interest in decentralization, and what that means for privacy. I've been using as much FOSS software as possible for as long as I can remember, and I try to contribute to whatever I'm interested in and open source my own projects.

What are some cheap phones I can use to play around with LineageOS on? Thanks!

What are the distros everyone is using, and what's the main reason you use that specific one?
I'm not running linux at the moment because I'm travelling and only carrying my wife's laptop, but I'm extremelly compelled to install it here 😛

@Docomo You could always run a LiveUSB 😀
I'm running :ubuntu: 18.04 LTS

Amazon filed a patent to pair facial recognition surveillance with a doorbell camera.

"Simply walking up to a friend’s house could result in your face, your fingerprint, or your voice being flagged as 'suspicious' and delivered to a government database..."

I can't bring myself to believe that artificial intelligence will bring an end to creative labor. you can't reduce creative labor to the artifacts it produces, and that the value of those artifacts doesn't inhere purely in their form. sure, I think a lot of the value in art comes from, like, visceral spectacle, but some amount also comes from being able to identify and appreciate the choices made in their production—and people are really good at identifying and distinguishing these choices

Thank you Signal team for staying committed to fighting mass surveillance. Open Whisper Systems is a great non-profit as well and I applaud them for having Signal be FOSS.

Tor needs your help.

So does an entire ecosystem of privacy and anonymity projects that rely on Tor:

Please donate today to keep Tor and an entire ecosystem strong:

Does anyone know of any FOSS music services like Spotify? I don't really thinks it's possible and exists, but maybe there is at least something that is privacy-oriented.

If Tor disappeared, what would happen?

Not only would millions lose access, but the diverse ecosystem of privacy, security, and anti-censorship applications that rely on the Tor network would cease to function.

An entire ecosystem relies on Tor.

Google patents aim to "scan & analyze your home & offer content based on what they detect" & to "use sensors & cameras to restrict kids’ behavior."

Or, in other words, super creepy and more risk of your family's data being leaked or misused. No thanks.

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Just noticed I never did my toot! Here goes

Hello, I’m @plasticScript! I recently got into FOSS and internet privacy and am very interested in it. I’ve replaced most of my services with FOSS alternatives. Happy to be here!

Today we celebrate #HumanRightsDay. Passed exactly 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights memorializes the basic notion that fundamental freedoms, including privacy, expression, and access to information, are essential for people all over the world.

We must defend and protect the universal human rights to privacy and freedom online. Tor is critical in this fight.

Please donate today to help protect the rights of internet users worldwide.

Lets take a moment to talk about the many faces of Activity Pub (this network) 

Hey Mastodonians, #GNUSocial citizens and others! Gear up for tens of millions of Nextcloud users spread over several 100K servers who can now join the #fediverse in just one click!

Join the global social network!
#mastodon #selfhosting #federation


Mastodon's a cool place, but it's private like a local coffee shop, not a home bathroom.

Remember that the admin of your instance can see EVERYTHING you post, including direct posts. They can even disable 2 factor authentication, if you have it enabled (and you should. No really, enable that stuff now.)

Bottom line: Find an instance where you feel you can trust your admin, and don't send direct toots unless you trust the admin at the recipient's instance as well.

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